Eye health encompasses much more than just clarity of vision and regular eye exams are an important way to stay on top of your overall well being.
Building our awareness of risk factors as we age is a natural process, though we sometimes forget simple things that might help us.
November is actually Fall Prevention Month, and it’s a great time for seniors to book an eye exam. Sudden or gradual vision loss can greatly compromise independence as we age, including through the risk of frequent falls.
“By age 65, one in three Ontarians will have an eye disease that leads to changes in vision, and one in nine seniors experience irreversible vision loss.”
Source: The Ontario Association of Optometrists
For many seniors, a complicating factor comes in the form of medications, many of which can cause dry eye which in turn can lead to impaired vision. Advancing vision problems can intensify the difficulty of common daily tasks, increase the risk of depression, increase medication errors, and lead to double the risk of falls as well as quadruple the risk of hip fractures.
While changes in vision are a very natural part of aging, loss of vision can be avoided through regular eye exams and care under a qualified optometrist. If you or an aging parent has been putting off that eye exam, here’s an important reminder for sticking to regular appointments.
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We’re always focused on your eyes and this month we encourage you to consider the eye health of everyone in your family.
Young Children and Eye Care
Many people don’t realize that children should start seeing an optometrist when they turn 6 months of age in order to ensure their eyes are developing as they should. If there are no issues, the next appointment should come at 3 years of age, and then every year after that.
Senior Eye Health
At the other end of the scale, seniors should also be sure to get yearly eye exams to ensure that the effects of aging eyes – think glaucoma and cataracts – are detected and treated quickly to minimize their potential impact on quality of life.
Eye Health at All Ages
Of course, the common thread here is that everyone should get annual exams in order to stay on top of potential emerging issues. We do more than check your vision. We employ tools to check the health of your inner eye to make sure everything is working as it should.
It’s never too late to make eye health a top priority. #VisionHealthMonth. Contact us today to book your appointment: